Teacher, designer, and author of more than twenty bestselling books on technique and design, Nicky Epstein learned the basics of knitting from her Italian grandmother and later studied fashion design and fine art at Columbus College. It was during a stint as art director at a design firm that she took a chance and entered a handknitting contest sponsored by McCalls Needlework magazine. That winning entry was a colourful sweater with a unicorn motif and Nicky’s playful embellishments. She currently lives in New York City, spending time promoting her love of knitting through workshops, special events, and as a frequent host of Vogue Knitting Tours.
Like pieces of a puzzle, knitted triangles fit together in a series of blocks to form a ‘scood’ with a center back seam. Crocheted corkscrew tassels and faux fur add an extra touch of luxury and whimsy. Its the hidden back seam that keeps the hood in place. Knit in Artesanal, a blend of cotton, alpaca, and nylon.
A hit of bright contrast in Del Zur luxurious merino goes a long way in this bulky jacket with cable detail on the pockets, front panels and back. Los Andes, in Indigo is the main colour, a thick slubby merino blend that knits up on 9 mm needles. Raglan sleeves give it a smooth fit across the shoulders and the collar is knit into the front sections, so no extra finishing required.
Look once, look twice, Nicky baffles us with this crocheted shrug. Its really two separate panels, criss crossed and joined at the centre back neck and side seams leaving ample room for armhole openings. Butterfly wings, a sprinkling of leaves and flowers with beaded centres are the icing on the cake.
Clever construction makes this vest stand out in a crowd. Look closely to see knitted strips are interwoven and attached at side edges with Nicky’s signature I-Cord closures. Knit in a simple cable rib with Del Cerro, merino wool in Khaki.
You may want to give yourself more than just one option with this floral inspired capelet, knit in Pima Clasico, a pure cotton with all the sheen and substance of silk. Four squares are knit, pieced together and edged with I-Cord. Wear it horizontal as shown, or swing it one half turn and change the look to a V-shaped front and back.